UK Trade & Investment has announced Dominic Jermey as its new chief executive.
The serving ambassador to the United Arab Emirates replaces the outgoing Crispin Salmon, who will remain as acting CEO until handing over to his successor in June.
Mr Jermey has also served as managing director of UKTI’s Sectors Group for three years, which helps over 11,000 UK companies do business globally, as well as a stint as acting chief executive in 2009.
Trade Minister Lord Livingston said: “Dominic has played a key role in assisting British firms to achieve billions of pounds of orders in the UAE.
“With a mix of experience in business and in the Foreign Office, his background will be an excellent asset in taking UKTI to the next stage and helping the UK’s export efforts.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable added UKTI is crucial towards building a sustainable economic recovery with lasting foundations in exports and investment.
“The new Chief Executive has a major responsibility to deliver on our commitment to grow the number of British businesses exporting and to promote the UK as a top investment destination around the world,” he said.